Atop the sea cliffs I tread the uneven foot beaten wind worn path I turn and look back look down along the line of this eastern shore across the arc of the bay towards the cliff-clinging terracotta cottages carved from the rock of the wave beaten coast I watch the writhing waves pound the seawall rocks insistently biting into the land’s defences high casting their salty spume into the sky’s blue blanket
and all the time beside me at the path’s edge the rustle of waving barley their sighing hush competing with the sea swell to bring the landscape into one waving vision the smooth surface tension of the early summer scene contesting the still silence of the placid inland rolling moors delighting both eye and mind and bringing contentment to a world of both beauty and sorrow
Runswick Bay is a small coastal village, set in a sweeping, sheltered bay on the North Sea Coast of Yorkshire. It borders on the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Cleveland Way National Trail runs on the coastline above the village.
A photographic trip today to England’s delightful off-shore Isle of Wight, set, at its shortest distance, just 3 miles off the southern coast in the English Channel. In size, the island is approximately 25 by 13 miles, and had a population in 2010 of 140,500. The photographs below were taken by me some while ago – during the lovely summer of 2003.
The island is known particularly for its beaches and seafront promenades such as those at Ryde, Shanklin, Sandown and south-facing Ventnor. Dinosaur remains and fossils have been found in several areas. At the island’s westernmost point, The Needles are 3 huge, white chalk rocks, with a nearby 19th-century lighthouse positioned to warn approaching shipping.
Alum Bay … The cliff chair lift sets off for the beach
. . . approaching the cliff top
. . . descending to the beach
. . . where it ends on a jetty extending into the sea.
The Needles from the cliffs above Alum Bay
A closer view of The Needles and the Lighthouse
The Beach and Battery Inn at Seaview on the island’s East Coast
Outside the Battery Inn
Seafront chalets at Puckpool near Ryde
The axeman earns his keep at the Waxworks at Brading – now, I believe, closed.
Queen Victoria’s holiday escape – Osborne House on the island’s east coast.
View from Osborne House eastwards to the Solent
On the south-facing beach at Ventnor
Blackgang Chine – an area subject to frequent coastal erosion.